MI-AIMH Workshop & Student Poster Submissions!!

MI-AIMH Conference Workshop Proposals Submission Guidelines/Expectations Call for Proposals The 2015 Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Biennial Conference will  focus on the needs of the “whole child.”   The conference will address the wellbeing of infants, toddlers and their families through an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas about the integration of health, mental health, child Learn More →

In November 2013 the Urban Institute convened policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to discuss the implications of instability for children’s development as well as what we know, need to learn, and need to do across research, policy, and practice

Concern is growing about the damage that instability can do to children’s healthy development. However, the issue has emerged separately across different domains, with little focus on the pervasive and interconnected nature of the issue or on possible cross-cutting policy solutions. In November 2013 the Urban Institute convened policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to discuss the Learn More →

“Families Today:” Community-Building Among Families

From the NEW YORK TIMES COLUMN: FAMILIES TODAY: COMMUNITY-BUILDING AMONG FAMILIES By: T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., and Joshua Sparrow, M.D.   Q: I’ve seen parents benefit from the exchange of advice on the sidelines at a soccer game, and by volunteering together for a parent-teach association.  But not every parent can participate. How can we Learn More →

Michigan’s Children Voting Resources

Your vote counts! Be the voice of infants, toddlers, and families — speak up by going to vote in the primaries on August 5, 2014! Let’s ensure that the needs of children, youth and families are elevated and prioritized this election season. Let’s drive voter turnout and get more folks to vote with young children Learn More →

Empowering Our Children by Bridging the Word Gap

  Maya Shankar June 25, 2014  07:40 PM EDT   Research shows that during the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Critically, what she hears has direct consequences for what she learns. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies Learn More →

Reading aloud to babies really matters to each child’s development!

The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its members to encourage parents to read to their babies to increase cognitive development and other skills.  Reading = shared pleasure.  Good for early relationship development, child development, and infant mental health! Live link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/us/pediatrics-group-to-recommend-reading-aloud-to-children-from-birth.html?smid=nytnow-share&smprod=nytnow

Call your U.S. Senator re: Early Childhood funding!

In the next few days, U.S. Senators will be making funding decisions that will determine whether our nation’s infants, toddlers and childcare/early learning programs will receive the resources they need.   Research suggests that for every $1 dollar of investment in early childhood, $17 dollars is saved in future costs!     To find your Michigan Learn More →

“Efficacy of a Mother-Infant Therapy Group Model for Major Depression in the Postpartum Period: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial”

 This will be an amazing presentation! "Efficacy of a Mother-Infant Therapy Group Model for Major Depression in the Postpartum Period: Results of a  Randomized Clinical Trial" Roseanne Clark, PhD, IMH-E® (IV), Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Date: Wednesday, April 23 Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Learn More →


Reprinted from the Infant Crier, January – March 2005 Deborah Weatherston, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV) A beautiful, brown-haired, blue-eyed toddler, about 16 months old by my guess, sat quietly in his luxury stroller. He was quiet and content, eating pieces of popcorn, one by one, that his mother handed to him.  Nearby, his big sister, about Learn More →

Adoption Ghosts: A Personal and Professional View

Reprinted from The Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health’s newsletter, The Infant Crier, Winter 2013, No. 132 Faith Eidson, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV) In infant mental health circles, we often talk about Selma Fraiberg’s concept of “ghosts in the nursery.”   Each one of us carries these ghosts with us into our intense and complicated relationships with Learn More →

Becoming a Family

Reprinted from The Infant Crier, October – December, 2000 Julie Ribaudo, ACSW, IMH-E® (IV) Julie Ribaudo, Clinical Associate Professor in The School of Social Work at The University of Michigan, focuses on prevention and intervention with parents and their infants and issues of depression, anxiety and childhood trauma. She is a teacher, supervisor and researcher and Learn More →

Quieting the Adoption Ghosts: A Personal and Professional View

Faith Edison, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV)   It has been two years since I wrote “Adoption Ghosts,” and I found it challenging to think about writing a follow-up to that piece.   In that article (MI-AIMH Infant Crier, Winter 2012), I described how I came to adopt my son, Jackson, now three years old, and how he Learn More →

Michigan Home Visiting Conference: Call for Proposals!

IMH Clinicians, Home Visitors, Supervisors & Consultants: Our colleagues in the Michigan Home Visiting programs are eager for submissions from YOU regarding infant mental health principles as they support quality home visiting work force development, as well as submissions about reflective supervision. This is a great opportunity for some collaboration. Please, those seasoned and new Learn More →

Keep the Advocacy Going!

Keep the Advocacy Going! Contact Senators Levin and Stabenow! Thank you to all who have been reaching out to members Congress about the importance of extending funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. We have received additional information that now is the time to increase communications and to be in touch Learn More →